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Re: Recommended Reading

"No Fixed Address" by Clive Hammill is a hard book to put down, as is "Around the World on Viski" by Don Shore.
The NW Passage on $10 a day " by George Hone, is a good read, as is "Arctic Odysey" , by Len Sherman.
"Blue Water" Bob Griffeth is a good read. " The Long Way " and "Cape Horn the Logical Route" by Bernard Moitessier, are hard to put down.

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Just finished "Cod" by Mark Kurlansky. It is about the devastation of the north atlantic cod by over fishing. Like "Sailing to the Edge of the World (sic)" it provides a glimpse into life at sea in history. Plus it has several new and old receipts for cooking cod.
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Just finished "Cod" by Mark Kurlansky. It is about the devastation of the north atlantic cod by over fishing. Like "Sailing to the Edge of the World (sic)" it provides a glimpse into life at sea in history. Plus it has several new and old receipts for cooking cod.
Kurlansky is bankable. "Salt", "Cod" and "The Basque History of the World" all follow a simialr feel and will resonate with any sailor. His "The Big Oyster" which is the history of the NewYork oyster industry is also well worth a read.
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Kurlansky is bankable. "Salt", "Cod" and "The Basque History of the World" all follow a simialr feel and will resonate with any sailor. His "The Big Oyster" which is the history of the NewYork oyster industry is also well worth a read.
Thanks. I'm about a third of the way through "Salt" right now. I guess the old history major in me is still alive. The new writers seem so much more interesting that all those old footnoted tomes of days gone by.
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This couple have written a number of cruising books notably "Twos a Crew". I'm in the middle of reading that at the moment and you can download from the website mentioned below.

They are what you would call 'salt of the earth'. Cruisers of the old school. Good people, bit rough and ready, do it yourself folk but the story is pretty amazing. Well worth the read and their website is certainly worth a visit or ten.

homebuilt yacht sails around world in ever increasing circles | JACKandJUDE.com

( I don't know them personally, my description of them is my impression gained from the website.)


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I've just posted a new entry in my blog about the books I have read this summer.
Any sugestions and comments are welcomed.

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A good read on the spice trade in 17th century Indonesia is "Nathaniel's Nutmeg" by Giles Milton. Plenty of pirates, canon, gore and treachery.


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The funniest book I have read in years was "The Boat Who Wouldn't Float" by Farley Mowatt. Literally there are times I had to stop reading as I was laughing/crying so hard I couldn't see.

"It seemed like a good idea. Tired of everyday life ashore, Farley Mowat would find a sturdy boat in Newfoundland and roam the salt sea over, free as a bird. What he found was the worst boat in the world, and she nearly drove him mad. The Happy Adventure, despite all that Farley and his Newfoundland helpers could do, leaked like a sieve. Her engine only worked when she felt like it. Typically, on her maiden voyage, with the engine stuck in reverse, she backed out of the harbour under full sail. And she sank, regularly."
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Skipping the classic afore mentioned, here's some (mostly) light reading, in now particular order, stuff that i've read -- some better than others -- all available on kindle

Beyond the horizon by Kraus, Werner H.
I'm Gonna Live My Life Like a Jimmy Buffett Song (The Island Series), Bjorklund, Anthony
The Next Port, Coleman, Heyward
Bumfuzzle - Just Out Looking For Pirates, Schulte, Patrick
Sailing Solo Alone: a yachting novel with a warning for those who would be foolish enough not to give The Sea the respect she deserves. This boating book might just give you laugh as well, James, J.J
Chasing the Horizon, Goodllander, Cap'n Fatty
Sex, Lies & Spinnakers, Van Slyke, Steve
Drifter, Clark, Don
Wildtrack, Cornwell, Bernard
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I have recently purchased my first sailboat, a '72 C&C 35. I will be going through all systems this winter and reconfiguring the interior. I have decided to pick up "Boatowner's Illustrated Electrical Handbook" which has very good reviews. Can anyone recommend a book for mechanical systems (gray water, black water, heat and hot water, fuel system, etc.)?
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